Wiltshire Does Its Bit exhibition comes to Malmesbury: 01 Jul – 31 Aug 2016

Wiltshire Does Its Bit exhibition comes to Malmesbury: 01 Jul – 31 Aug 2016

Wiltshire Does its Bit, the second in a series of exhibitions produced by Wiltshire at War: Community Stories, is to open at Athelstan Museum in Malmesbury on 01 July 2016. Using archive images from the First World War, and telling the stories of some of Wiltshire’s most memorable characters of the era, the exhibition paints a richly evocative picture of how ordinary people responded to the war effort across the county.

 Horses bound for the Purton Remount Depot. The man with the bowler hat is probably William Robson.

Horses bound for the Purton Remount Depot. The man with the bowler hat is probably William Robson.

William Robson of Purton, for example, ran the Remount Depot with sons Herbert and Basil, training horses and mules ready for work at the Front. This work was important and usually done by the military, but it soon became clear that the Robson men had a knack with difficult animals, and the Purton Remount Depot was marked out as vital to the war effort, with horses deemed unfit by other depots being sent to Purton as a last resort. Horses and mules arrived by train, and up to a hundred at a time, tied in four, were led through the streets by a band of women volunteers from the village.

The exhibition will continue in Malmesbury until 31 August 2016.

Athelstan Museum, Cross Hayes, Malmesbury, SN16 9BZ. To see the museum website, click here.

All five Wiltshire at War exhibitions will be touring around Wiltshire until 2019.

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